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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 15, 2018

‘Mom prom’ fundraiser Tuesday

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Jun 07, 2018
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN/Ledger photo Barb Bloom made this cat-themed quilt to be raffled off during the mom prom Tuesday at This Old Barn. The event is a fundraiser for Jefferson County Relay for Life.

Jefferson County Relay for Life is experimenting with a new fundraiser this month: a “mom prom.”

The mom prom will be from 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesday at This Old Barn north of Fairfield. Tickets are $20 per person, and are available at Frontline Printing and First National Bank.

Barb Bloom, captain of the Cowgirls relay team, hatched the idea for a girls’ night out. Though it has “mom” in the name, the event is open to all women.

Bloom said the team decided to hold it on a Tuesday thinking that women would be too busy with family obligations on the weekend.

The event will include music courtesy of disc jockey Jacob Adam, photos by Emmy Picard, finger foods and iced tea. Bloom made a queen-sized quilt that will be raffled off at the event. The evening will feature skits, a cash bar and door prizes every half hour, too. A “prom queen” will be chosen that night.

Bloom said the idea of having mom prom-fundraisers has caught fire and has spread around the country.

The mom prom is one of many fundraisers Jefferson County Relay for Life does throughout the year. In fact, it does at least one per month.

Other members of the Cowgirls relay team are Cindy McCan, Jacqueline Signori, Nicole Garrettson and Susie Rubis.

Bloom has a cat and wanted to devote a quilt to the furry creatures so she collected feline-themed fabric.

“People gave me pieces of fabric, and I tried to incorporate part of every piece someone gave me,” she said. “When I started out, I thought I would make a double-bed quilt. I took it to a quilter and she said, ‘You know this is a queen size, right?’”

Bloom made the quilt over a three-month span, often working feverishly for a few days and then taking days off. And it didn’t tire her out, because upon finishing this quilt, she made one for her grandson who graduated from high school this year.

“My mom was a quilter, and she would be so proud of me because she never got to see me quilt. It’s good to know it’s for a good cause, too,” said Bloom, a three-time cancer survivor. “I just really want to emphasize check-ups because they’re really important.”

Money raised through Relay for Life benefits the American Cancer Society.

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